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All Too Human

Three Tales at the Athenaeum Theatre, October 3 and 4 The Sound of a Voice Court Theatre Steve Reich’s score for Three Tales is like a beehive in the heart. The sound swarms, filling the listener with a thick, vibratory hum of strings, percussion, pianos, and layered voices–some live, some recorded and distorted at times […]

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Aloha! You’re Healed!

Oak Park resident Bernadette Doran was a McGraw-Hill editor and an advertising executive before she read Imagineering for Health, by bioenergetic healer Serge Kahili King, and dropped it all to study Hawaiian Huna healing and Reiki with King and others. After seven years of commuting to Kauai, she’s a certified healer who teaches the seven […]

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The Secret in the Wings

The Secret in the Wings, Lookingglass Theatre Company. Mary Zimmerman’s remount of her 1991 meditation on fairy tales is charming, funny, skillfully cast, cleverly designed–and as thoroughly empty an evening of theater as I’ve seen lately. This slight, self-conscious work has little to say about fairy tales, here drawn mostly from the dustier corners of […]

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The Maria Chronicles

The Maria Chronicles, Teatro Luna. You might be disinclined to take seriously a line of women holding up signs bearing slogans such as “Up With Ass!” Yet this silly moment in Teatro Luna’s third full-length ensemble-created revue perfectly encapsulates the company’s mission: to empower and entertain. In a series of scenes loosely tied together by […]

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Senior Living

Age: 70 Occupation: Photographer, jewelry maker, writer Rooms: Convertible studio in senior citizen housing. Rent: $355 Location: Bronzeville Oldest Possession: Photo of Malcolm X shot in Accra, Ghana, in 1964 Favorite Possession: iMac Stairmaster: Never uses the elevator. Lives on the 11th floor. Not Pictured: Group photo taken in Ghana in 1966 with Ashanti chief […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts ABBA MANIA Sat 10/11, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500. BILL ACOSTA Wed 10/15 through Fri 10/17, 2 PM, and Sat 10/18, 6 PM, Drury Lane Theatre, 2500 W. 95th, Evergreen Park. 708-422-0042, ext. 120. ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, HOOBASTANK, OZOMATLI, DIFFUSER All-ages. Sun 10/12, 6 PM, […]

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Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci

On its ninth album, Sleep/Holiday (Sanctuary), the Welsh group Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci does little to advance its sound, and that’s fine by me. Over the years the band has polished every facet of its gorgeous music–a sunny mixture of the Kinks, British folk, the Beach Boys, and the strummy side of the Velvet Underground. There’s […]

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Junior Senior

I was first attracted to D-D-Don’t Don’t Stop the Beat (Crunchy Frog/Atlantic), the debut from Danish party-rock team Junior Senior, because I’m a sucker for a sugar high. I keep playing it because, amazingly, the sheen never wears off. Joy is a difficult thing to sustain in pop music–push it too far and it turns […]

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Show Boat

Show Boat, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. If ever a Broadway musical communicated hope, love, pain, and wisdom, it’s this inexhaustible treasure. In 1927 composer Jerome Kern and lyricist-book writer Oscar Hammerstein II joined forces to chronicle the lives of four very different couples from the Gilded Age to the Roaring 20s, from the floating melodramas […]

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Enon

Though rehashing the past is for defeatists, I kind of wish Enon would just spaz out like they did in the good ol’ days. Toko Yasuda, who sings a lot more than she used to, is a declawed kitty cat, so breathily cutesy as to be embarrassing sometimes, and former Brainiac keyboardist John Schmersal tinkles […]

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Kid Koala

Eric San, aka Kid Koala, is as modest a virtuoso as has ever manned a pair of turntables. His shuffling beats don’t rock your body and he doesn’t try to show you what a tech whiz he is; instead his records are gently funny and deliberately small in scope. Koala’s new disc, Some of My […]

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303 W. Eugene

In 1886 a little-known architect was hired by an undertaker’s family to design a Queen Anne-style residence at 303 W. Eugenie. Adam Boos, according to the Real Estate and Building Journal of May 15 that year, would be constructing the three-story building out of brick and stone. The work was commissioned for the family of […]